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Over 1,600 firms got $1 bn FDI from China during Apr 2016-Mar 2020: Govt

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The services sector attracted such funds worth $139.65 million, the data showed

More than 1,600 Indian have received foreign direct investments worth $1 billion from during the April 2016 to March 2020 period, according to government data.

The data was provided in a written reply to the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday to a question on whether it is a fact that large scale investments have been made by Chinese agencies in Indian companies, specially the start-ups.

Over 1,600 received $1,020.25 million ($1.02 billion) Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) equity inflows from for the April 2016 to March 2020 period, as per the data.

These were in 46 sectors. Out of them, the automobile industry, printing of books (including litho printing industry), electronics, services and electrical equipment received more than $100 million each from during the said period.

The automobile industry received the maximum from China at $172 million. The services sector attracted such funds worth $139.65 million, the data showed.

In the written reply, Minister of State for Corporate Affairs Anurag Singh Thakur said the corporate affairs ministry does not maintain information regarding the investment made by Chinese agencies.

He said the Ministry of Commerce & Industry has informed that Data Cell compiles and maintains the data of FDI reported through equity inflow in the country.

The relevant data for the April 2016 to March 2020 period was provided along with the written reply.

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